Since all the year 2 students participated in the Commonwealth Bank Start Smart program we all received amazing VR headsets!!
The Teleporter Adventures is an expansion of CommBank’s award winning financial educational program Start Smart, which over the last 8 years has serviced more than 2 million students right around Australia.
The storybook, Sammy the Space Koala (downloadable PDF), teaches children the difference between a ‘need’ and a ‘want’ through an epic space adventure. At 3 different points during the book, users will be asked to ‘Teleport’ into the story using ‘The Teleporter Adventures’ app and a virtual reality headset. The virtual reality setting can also be turned off to allow the app to be experienced as a full-screen interactive game.
Last week, 2F and 2G learnt about Empathy and the purpose of showing Empathy to others. We discovered that Empathy is not just about understanding someone else’s emotions but it is also about sharing that emotion and finding a way to help.
Children had to select different emotions and come up with a way that they could help people who were experiencing that feeling.
Next we read a book called “I Think, I am” by Louise Hay. It is a book that teaches us all about the power of Affirmations and positive thoughts in our day-to-day lives.
From this we started to think about words and phrases that could change the way somebody thinks about themselves, the day they are having or feelings they may come across. We decorated different sized pebbles with kind and inspiring words. These will be displayed in our classrooms so we can refer to them when we are feeling down.
Wow, what a great night. It was so much fun interacting with the student’s and their families as they participated in a number of Performing Arts activities. Families were able to watch different classes performing on the TV’s, try a number of different drama and music activities, view our amazing talents and experiences on the many posters and create their own movie. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped on the night.
This term we have used a variety of painting techniques to create different effects. We experimented with a many paint tools such as stamps, stencils, scrapers, and brushes to see what kinds of effects we could create with acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is thick so we were able to use it in many different ways to create all sorts of visual effects. When our paint dried we used our paper to make some amazing paper sculptures by cutting it into twirls and then making different shapes with it. do you like what we came up with?
This term we have been exploring different ways to use paint. To begin with we had to come up with ideas for our pictures that we could make by blowing paint. Many of the ideas were really clever, people drew Volcanos, rain, comets, and rockets. Once we had drawn out pictures we coloured them using oil pastels and then used paint and straws to create the blowing effects. To finish them off we used markers to draw around the contours of the paint to create the feeling of movement. We hope you enjoy our work.
We were so happy to see so many families come to see the work of students on display at the Specialist Showcase this year. Parents and students were able to come into the Art rooms and participate in a variety of activities such as mindfulness Mandala colouring, Pop Art murals painting, bubble art and experimental painting using mineral paper and inks. Everyone had a great time spending time together and making some very creative Art. Some of the Pop Art Murals from the night of the showcase still need some work. If you want to help finish them come to Art club during blue school timetable at lunchtime and give us a hand to finish them. See below for the pictures of what kids and families created.
Over the past few weeks children in 2F have been learning about code, more specifically, coding with Bloxels. Bloxels is a hands-on platform for students to build, collaborate and tell stories through video game creation.
We started off by reading a couple of articles on Bloxels being used in the classroom and formed an opinion of weather we are for or against using them in our classroom. Students used a writing prompt to begin our opinions.
Our next step was to begin planning what our game board would look like. We did this by using a 1 – 169 number chart because our Bloxels game board was a 13 x 13 grid. There are different colours that represent different elements of a game. We used these colours to help us plan what we wanted in our game room.
Once we were finished creating our paper game board, we transferred our ideas onto the Official Bloxels Board. The next step was super easy. We took a photo of our game board using the Bloxels app and then all of a sudden we had our own game ready to play.
It was fantastic to see students collaborating and extending their games using each others ideas and creativity! Don’t forget to ask our gamers how they created their game and you can have a go at it too!
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Were you at the Specialist Showcase last week?! It was a huge success and was fantastic to see so many parents coming down with us to see the highlights of our specialist classes. Hopefully you had a look at the Gallery while you were there because we had a great showcase of student work ranging from Term 1 to Term 3. It was like walking through a sea of colour and creativity! If you didn’t get a chance to see the gallery, or you want to see some of it again, check out the gallery pictures in this blog. There’s also some great pictures of some of us and our parents enjoying the art activities. It was pretty busy at times in the art rooms, so hopefully everyone who came a long had a chance to participate. Grade 1s and 2s had already done the activities in Miss Kirk’s room, so they were great teachers on the night to those of us that hadn’t done them before! In Miss Thomas’ room, there was painting happening for a secret picture, which she will shortly be revealing! Please enjoy these pictures!